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Janice L. Co…, Real Estate Pro in Latham, NY
Janice L. Cohen answered:
Where do you go to find a great Slate Roof Repaired?
To Zachary.... just gave your dad's name to another realtor. I kept the contact info....
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Alexander H.…, Real Estate Pro in 12203
Alexander H. Monticello answered:
Could someone explain how taxes are calculated in NYS? Is there a tax rate that is used throughout?
Generally there are both a city/town tax and then a school district tax. Technically there is a 2% tax limit on the levy increase, however there are many exceptions that can allow a mun ... more
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Dennis Evans, Real Estate Pro in Clifton Park, NY
Dennis Evans answered:
What is the average cost of a real estate attorney for the a house closing in Albany, NY or the surrounding area? Is $750 reasonable?
Lindsey,
That does seem to be slightly high, However I can help you with this. I am doing business in the area and live here as well... I have developed a list of several attorneys in ... more
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Anna Brocco, Real Estate Pro in Nassau County, NY
Anna Brocco answered:
Is Hamilton St loaded with students?
Visit a neighborhood several times to get a sense of belonging. Check out area statistics; real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase/rent, or ... more
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Nina Lee, Real Estate Pro in Albany, NY
Nina Lee answered:
I need a condo or townhouse in Albany
Shout out to Brooklyn! I sometimes take the Albany--Chinatown, NYC bus and visited Brooklyn a couple of months ago.

Alexander is right about townhouses mostly being in the suburbs of ... more
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William Keal, Real Estate Pro in Guilderland, NY
William Keal answered:
What would owners take for "cash in hand"?
The only way to find out is to make an offer and work it through.
Call me at 518-253-3664 and let's see if we can make it yours. BILL
0 votes Share Flag Mon Oct 7, 2013 Home Buying in Mansion Area
Jessica Bate…, Real Estate Pro in Los Angeles, CA
Jessica Bateman answered:
Who has the best mortgage rates consistantly?
A broker with large mortgage company contacts. Lending tree sells your info to like 5 companies but I recommend all my clients to check with The Lenders Network. They have gotten a lot ... more
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Alexander H.…, Real Estate Pro in 12203
Alexander H. Monticello answered:
What are the prospects for long term growth for city of Albany in terms of real estate? Is it a "good market" to invest in the next 3 to 5 years?
Here is some information about the Capital Region Real Estate market. You can check out my blog below for the full article and monthly updates on the market.

Pending Home Sales Hit ... more
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Deborah Law…, Real Estate Pro in Slingerlands, NY
Deborah Law Fontes answered:
how can a post a rental home on your site?
If you are referring to my personal website you cannot post it yourself. We would need to sign a rental listing agreement that allows me to post it on the MLS and market the property f ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jun 30, 2013 Home Buying in 12208
Dennis Evans, Real Estate Pro in Clifton Park, NY
Dennis Evans answered:
how much is 266 lark street?
Dear Serignesow,
This property was taken off the market some time ago, However many options are available...
1) I could contact the last listing agent and see why the property was tak ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 27, 2013 Home Buying in Center Square
Martina Ryan, Real Estate Pro in Queens, NY
Martina Ryan answered:
If a house is priced at 140.000, but then the price is reduced to 119, or even 110.000, can the taxes be based on the price you pay for it?
You need to contact the city tax department & ask to have the tax re assessed.
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 20, 2013 Home Buying in Albany
Alexander H.…, Real Estate Pro in 12203
Alexander H. Monticello answered:
Do merrini Builders in Albany , New York really negotiate ?
Definitely get a buyer's agent to assist you. You want to make sure you have an advocate who can represent your interests, without having an existing relationship to the seller (or buil ... more
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Victoria Rom…, Real Estate Pro in Clifton Park, NY
Victoria Romeo answered:
Challenging VA appraisal regarding remaining economic life
Hi Greisler,

I'm not sure where you are getting your information on REL and how to determine it, but that is something that is standard to all loans, not just VA loans. The person y ... more
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Anna Brocco, Real Estate Pro in Nassau County, NY
Anna Brocco answered:
RC church near John David Lane?
See link for helpful information http://www.rcda.org./parishes.asp?type=County
0 votes Share Flag Mon Aug 6, 2012 Home Buying in Buckingham Lake - Crestwood
Deborah Law…, Real Estate Pro in Slingerlands, NY
Deborah Law Fontes answered:
could you tell me what rc church is near by?
Hi Myrtle,

To find where any of the catholic churches are in Albany, as well as any of the catholic schools, contact the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany @ www.rcda.org. You can get ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Aug 6, 2012 Home Buying in Buckingham Lake - Crestwood
Paula Kamper…, Real Estate Pro in Rensselaer County, NY
Paula Kamperman answered:
Can you withdraw from a real estate contract during the attorney review process without a reason stated?
In the Upstate NY region, you have the right to cancel the contract during the attorney review period by having your attorney notify all parties in writing. You do not have to give a re ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jul 29, 2012 Home Buying in Albany
Anna Brocco, Real Estate Pro in Nassau County, NY
Anna Brocco answered:
How do I find out what agent is handling 82 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY?
Consider working with an agent of your own; or ask the current seller who the listing, and or, selling agent is...
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jul 9, 2012 Home Buying in Pastures
Anna Brocco, Real Estate Pro in Nassau County, NY
Anna Brocco answered:
What is current status of building's mechanicals, roof & physical condition & how can tax bill be lowered?
Since no link is visible, consider working with an agent of your own; if and when you do have an accepted offer, schedule an inspection--that inspection will reveal any possible issues. ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jul 9, 2012 Home Buying in Pastures
Anna Brocco, Real Estate Pro in Nassau County, NY
Anna Brocco answered:
Is West Hill a good place to raise a family?
When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local police department with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand. If unfamiliar wit ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Mar 27, 2012 Home Buying in West Hill
Donald Graves, Real Estate Pro in Albany, NY
Donald Graves answered:
I saw this in a listing description: "valid PQ or VOF with offer!" What does that mean?
Yes, these refer to pre-qualification letter and verification of funds. As mentioned earlier, these are valuable tools in determining what you can afford and getting your purchase offer ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Mar 5, 2012 Home Buying in Albany
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